When a brand starts working with pros on products, usually we are the ones who benefit. The Fizik R1B Uomo Shoes are a prime example of just how lucky we normal cyclists are to have access to the same top quality things that the pros not only use but helped design.
With riders like Geraint Thomas and Rohan Dennis providing essential feedback and suggestions, there was no way that the R1B Uomo Shoes were not going to be pretty amazing. But once you slip into a pair, you’ll wonder how you ever did without them. The uppers are made from laser-perforated Microtex fabric, the same stuff Fizik uses for its saddles and bar tapes, to provide a soft, supple feel without losing any of the support you need. The cut of the material gives the shoe an extra aero touch since the tongue folds over the top towards the outside of the foot where the double IP1-BOA closure system acts as the adjustable seam. The BOA IP1 closure system ensures that you can micro adjust the fit whether you are sitting in your hallway suiting up or in the middle of a race and need to let your feet breathe a touch more. Fizik calls this hyper-adjustability that the dual BOA offers Volume Control. By turning the lower BOA, you can customize the shape of the shoe to your foot, wide to narrow, while adjusting the top BOA will secure the instep while also affecting how the heel cup will fit around your foot. You can enhance comfort and control with the simple turn of the knobs. The zig-zag of the BOA cable on the lower closure used in conjunction with the upper closing wheel means that Fizik was able to eliminate the need for the hook and eye closure strap at the top of the toes, keeping everything looking very sleek and chic.
The outsole is made from uni-directional carbon fiber, so that it will be light and stiff, allowing you to transfer as much power to the pedals as possible. The soles get some vents, though, to help keep your tootsies well-aired, avoiding hot spots for even the hottest days. The insole is a Fizik special EVA pad metatarsal support for added comfort.
Weighing just 227 grams in size 42.5, the Fizik R1B Uomo Shoes are among the lightest on the market, while still managing to provide the sort of comfort and support that a meshier shoes simply can’t. If you want the ultimate in performance without sacrificing any of the comfort, then the R1B Uomo shoes will be your primary objective.